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Online platform price parity clauses: Evidence from the EU case

Andrea Mantovani (), Claudio A. Piga and Carlo Reggiani

European Economic Review, 2021, vol. 131, issue C

Abstract: Online platforms often impose Price Parity Clauses to prevent sellers from charging lower prices on alternative sales channels. We provide quasi-experimental evidence on the full removal of Price Parity Clauses in France in 2015 for hotels listed on Our analysis reveals significant price decreases in the short run, but a more limited effect in the medium run. However, hotels characterized by a more complex organizational structure decreased their prices more substantially. Overall, the intervention appears to have benefited a subset of consumers using

Keywords: Price parity clauses; Online travel agents; Hotel pricing; Antitrust evaluation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D40 K21 L11 L42 L81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2020.103625

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